Big and beautiful

The Western Boreal Forest in Canada and the United States is the largest intact forest remaining on our planet. Fitting that one of the largest flying birds — the Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator, calls it home. Hunted and persecuted by European settlers to North America, they were nearly lost at the turn of the 20th Century. International conservation efforts have succeeded, but the greatest threats remain at our hand: Loss of habitat through human activity and population growth. Mute Swans, introduced to North America, also compete with the Trumpeter for territory.

Along with our colleagues at the International Wild Waterfowl Association, the BWA encourages the public appreciation of waterfowl and knowledge of their worldwide habitats.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan — Clayton Botkin